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FOA calls for Starmer to make statement on hiring an Israeli Spy

January 22, 2021

Friends of Al-Aqsa is concerned at the revelation that an individual working with Israeli military intelligence’s Unit 8200 has been employed to work in the Office of the Labour Leader, Keir Starmer. Unit 8200 has been reported to specialise in spying, hacking and encryption. It carries out blackmail, mass surveillance and systematic discrimination against Palestinians. The Guardian and other international media have reported Israeli military intelligence…

Call on Israel to immediately end the enclosure of the Gaza strip

January 11, 2021

Dear Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP, Since 2007, two million Palestinians, half of them children have been under a prolonged closure by Israel inside 365km2 area of the Gaza Strip. A UN Report published in November 2020 shows that from 2007 until 2018 the siege has costed Palestinians approximately £12.4 billion and more than 50% of its population lives below the poverty line. Restrictions and…

Palestinian prisoner: Battling the winter and Covid-19 under inhumane conditions

January 4, 2021

With the onset of the winter season and the Covid-19 outbreak the torment of Palestinians held in Israeli jails worsening. The eyewitness testimony of former prisoner Ali AlMoghraby shows Israeli Authorities not only prevent the entry of winter clothes and blankets but they stop hot water in the bathrooms and provide no heaters. This is despite the demand for Israeli occupation authorities under international law…

Covid Vaccine Privilege: The Poor and Occupied Suffer

January 4, 2021

The World Health Organisation in the face of a common global challenge posed by Covid hoped and promoted the idea of a greater inter-national cooperation. On the basis of the simple understanding that if one part of globe remains infected the rest cannot be assured safety. However, economic greed and racist colonialist attitudes continue to provide resistance against working in unity. This is creating a…

The Psychological Trauma of the Siege on Palestinian Children in Gaza

December 30, 2020

The Gaza Strip has become the world’s largest open-air prison triggering a humanitarian crisis in which 1.9 million Palestinians live under. Besieged by the Israeli military, it has limited access to education, economic opportunities, medical aid, clean water and electricity, violating Palestinian human rights, particularly children. With over 50 per cent of people in Gaza under the age of 18, this man-made catastrophe has led…

Norwegian Refugee Council finds Israeli Strategically attacks Palestinians Education System

December 24, 2020

A report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in November 2020 highlighted Palestinian education as a target of Israeli assaults. The report found Israeli forces, Israeli settlers and the private security guards of illegal Israeli settlements routinely carried out “attacks on education” on Palestinian children in the West Bank. The NRC research, carried out over a period of two and half years, reflects a…

Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defender Issa Amro

December 24, 2020

Issa Amro is the co-founder of Youth Against Settlements in Hebron and is formally recognized as Palestinian Human Rights Defender. He is on trial in the Israeli military court for his peaceful community organizing. The 18 charges presented by Israeli authorities have been labelled “baseless,” “politically motivated,” or “physically impossible” by Amnesty International and UN experts have expressed deep concern for Issa’s life and wellbeing. Issa’s lawyer expects…

Gaza: Graduate Biscuits

December 22, 2020

“When I was a child, I dreamt to be a computer programmer” said Mahmoud Omar Mushtaha. However, after graduation Mahmoud’s dreams have been turned into a nightmare. With the Israeli blockade in place since 2007 there are virtually no job opportunities in Gaza for graduates. In desperation, to financially support himself and his family Mahmoud started a modest project of baking biscuits. Composed of three…

Women Graduates turn to Farming in the Gaza Strip

December 15, 2020

The lack of job opportunities in the Gaza Strip drives Palestinian women graduates to work on the land. This is both a sign of desperation due to Israeli blockade but also a sign of resistance – we will never surrender! The ‘agriculture project’ initiative by graduates Ghaida Qudaih, Aseel al-Najjar and Nadin Abu Rook is to address the absence of job market due to the…

No platform for Nakba Denier

December 14, 2020

Over 100 Muslim Scholars and organisations in Britain have signed an open letter calling upon the  Ambassadors of the UAE and Bahrain to demand they withdraw from sharing a platform with a Nakba denier,  Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli Ambassador. On 15 December the three ambassadors are due to share a virtual platform. This event comes as part of the ongoing normalisation of the Israeli occupation…

UAE-Israel Deal Surrenders the Muslim Rights to Masjid Al-Aqsa Haram Sharef

September 11, 2020

The UAE-Israel deal that has been agreed upon in August 20 reverses the status of Masjid Al-Aqsa Haram Sharef. Masjid Al-Aqsa Haram Sharef has been recognised by Israel up until this deal to be a Muslim prayer area. The Islamic Waqf is also recognised by Israel as a body controlling and managing of Masjid Al-Aqsa Haram Sharef. The UAE-Israel deal changes all previous understanding. The…

How Israel’s lobbyists occupied Mandela’s legacy

July 18, 2020

Attempts by Israel’s advocates to portray my grandfather as a liberal pacifist is a distortion of his legacy, writes Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela “Where is the Palestinian Mandela?” is a question I have often heard from Israel’s defenders. What they are really asking is where is the Palestinian equivalent of Nelson Mandela – a man who, they believe, offered only olive branches and dialogue? Where is…